Not so fast…

Posted by By at 5 September, at 22 : 18 PM Print

Not so fast…

So the Lebron James led Miami Heat the NBA Championship last season.

They won it during a lockout shortened season that saw an extremely condensed schedule packed into a few short months culminate into the Heat’s victory over the Kevin Durant led Thunder.  By no means should anyone take their Championship victory lightly.  They deserved it.  Lebron played out of this world and proved that he is the best player in the world.

The interesting factoid to point out is that as we approach the upcoming NBA season the Heat have already been declared by most to be odds on favorites to win again and repeat as Champs.  Yes, there can be a strong case in their favor as to why this can conceivably come true.  Bringing back the same squad and adding the likes of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis (hopefully he rejuvenates his career) will do that to most.  The Heat look strong and should come out firing on all cylinders and ‘should’ be favourites heading into the season.

But what about the rest of the league?  What about the other teams that have loaded up during this fast and furious offseason that saw so many players witch teams.  With the likes of Steve Nash, Joe Johnson, Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, Jason Terry and Andre Iguodola (just to name a few) switching teams one could argue that the league has been turned upside down and the Heat may not have it as easy as most think they do.

Contenders:

The Lakers made the biggest splash by far by bringing in former MVP Steve Nash and trading for Dwight Howard.  Although they lost Andrew Bynum in the Howard deal, once Howard returns from his back surgery rehab he should help create the most dangerous starting lineups in the league.  The bench was bolstered with the addition of Antawn Jamison, Jodie Meeks and re-signing Jordan Hill so don’t for a second think their 2nd unit is weak.  This Kobe Bryant led Lakers squad is poised for greatness if Mike Brown’s new Princeton offense works out well and all newly acquired players do what they are supposed to.

The Spurs…well they are the Spurs.  Tim Duncan re-signed and along with Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli will give it one more kick at the proverbial bucket as they look to stay atop the Western Conference standings once again.  never take Greg Popovich for granted as he is sure to have some tricks up his sleeve.

The Celtics were thought to have been finished heading into the off-season.  Then Kevin Garnett re-signed, Ray Allen left town, Jason Terry came to town and Danny Ainge did a good job at the Draft by scooping up Fab Melo and Jared Sullinger.  If Jeff Green returns to the player he was pre-surgery and Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce continue their dominant play, it is easy to see them battling the Heat for Eastern Conference Supremacy.

The Thunder cannot be forgotten.  They made it to the NBA Finals last season and will chalk their loss to the Heat up as a learning experience.  Any time you put Kevin Durant, Russel Westbrook, James Harden and Serge Ibaka on the same team you have a contender.  With a little more experience and some additional wisdom, look for the Thunder to battle it out in the West

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